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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Republicans Attacks Democrat Tammy Duckworth Who Lost Both Legs In Iraq -- For “Not Standing Up For Our Veterans”

MARCH 8, 2016, from the CNN WIRE -- The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday deleted a tweet they sent accusing Illinois Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs while on duty in Iraq, of “not standing up for our veterans.”

Duckworth’s campaign called the the tweet “vile” and her deputy campaign manager Matt McGrath said in a statement that the attack was “tasteless and dishonest, just like everything else to do with Mark Kirk’s flailing campaign.”

Duckworth, now in her second term in Congress, is the favorite to emerge from a Democratic primary contest and take on incumbent GOP Sen. Mark Kirk in November. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran, who as an Army helicopter pilot suffered severe combat wounds, including losing both of her legs.

When asked about the tweet, NRSC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek chided the press for its coverage.

“It would be great if reporters would pay as much attention to a deleted tweet as they should to Tammy Duckworth being sued by VA whistleblowers for ignoring claims of mistreatment and corruption,” she wrote in an email.


Here's how Chicago's Daily Herald described the incident in a 2014 story about Duckworth's combat experience:
Duckworth's right leg was gone in an instant, shredded in a flash of heat and a spray of shrapnel from a grenade. Her left leg was terribly injured, and her right arm was nearly severed.
The blast blew out the clear bubble at the bottom of the cockpit, destroyed the window above her head and severely damaged the helicopter's flight system stored behind her seat.

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